Turkey urges EU to oppose French bill on Armenian genocide Holly Manges Jones at 9:28 AM ET
[JURIST] Turkey [JURIST news archive] asked the European Union [official website] Monday to express opposition to a proposed French law which would imposes fines and jail terms on anyone who denies that there was an Armenian genocide [ANI backgrounder]. France [JURIST news archive] currently has approximately 400,000 citizens of Armenian origin who claim that 1.5 million of their ancestors were killed when Turkey attempted to remove them from its borders in 1915-23. Turkey admits that many Armenians died, but contends that the numbers are exaggerated and denies that the deaths amounted to genocide. Turkish Justice Minister Cemil Cicek called on the EU to allow denials of the genocide as expressions of free speech and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] has requested French companies doing business in Turkey to protest the proposed French law.
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